Samsung Galaxy 5 Review

I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy 5 (i5503) for more than a week now and the overall experience was really great… for a small smartphone that is. In fact, I find it more enjoyable to use than the Android 1.6 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 which I was previously using.

Samsung Galaxy 5

The Galaxy 5 i5503 is probably the cheapest branded Android phone out there. If you want to see the specs compared to other smartphones in its class, you might want to read this post.

Read on for our review of this little Android smartphone that could.

Design

The Samsung Galaxy 5 doesn’t look like a smartphone at all. In fact, people often mistake it for just another Samsung Corby phone. But it’s not just another Corby phone, it’s a Corby on steroids!

The plastic feel makes this one cheap-looking but very light phone. It has a glossy finish that attracts fingerprints like nobody’s business. There’s a chrome bar around the phone to add some sense of style.

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On top is just the 3.5mm audio jack. On the left side is the volume control that also doubles as the control for camera zoom. Beside it is the micro USB port. At the back you can see the lens for its 2mp fixed-focus camera.

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For the main buttons, the Galaxy 5 combines the typical Android buttons (Menu, Home, Back and Search) with the 3 Corby buttons (Call, D-pad, End Call/Sleep) That totals to 7 buttons which is a bit of an overkill for a small smartphone. It’s even confusing for me at times. I often mistake the Sleep button with the Cancel or Back button and vice versa.

Samsung Galaxy 5

One thing of note here is the location of the microSD slot which is at the side when you take off the back panel. With this placement, you don’t have to turn off and take out the battery just to access your microSD card.

Display

With its 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, it is the smallest screen I’ve seen on an Android phone. With its small screen comes a small display resolution at only 240 x 320 pixel compared to the 320 x 480 resolution of phones with 3-inch screens.

Samsung Galaxy 5

Despite the small screen resolution, the display doesn’t look bad at all. In fact, it looks a little better than the HTC Wildfire who has the same display resolution on a 3.2” screen. Do note that it doesn’t do multi-touch but it supports Samsung’s Live wallpapers.

Samsung Galaxy 5

Just like other small Android phones out there, it will have problem with apps not made for a small screen. I always use Chomp SMS as my messaging app and due to the small screen, the buttons on it are cut off.

Performance

The processor on the Galaxy 5 is an ARM 600MHz which is very adequate for running the Android 2.1 OS. However, you might experience speed problems with nifty Android games (like Angry Bird) with the lack of some sort of graphics accelerator.

Samsung Galaxy 5

Aside from that, the browser, social networking apps, UI navigation and other phone features run perfectly on the Galaxy 5.

For some reason though, it just wouldn’t connect on my D-Link WiFi router when my other wireless devices can. I was able to use the WLAN at the malls though for convenient and free internet.

Message Composing

Major problems people experience on a small touchscreen phone is typically the keyboard. The Galaxy 5 has a QWERTY keypad for both portrait and landscape mode. What’s good about this keypad is that numbers and symbols can easily be used without switching to a different keypad.

Samsung Galaxy 5

What’s even great about the Galaxy 5 keyboard is the Swype feature. Swype is the fastest way to compose messages on a touchscreen keypad by just tracing your finger over the letters and letting the phone predict your word for you. Pretty handy if you keep on hitting the wrong letters due to its small screen.

For Tagalog words, you need to add the words in the dictionary simply by typing it normally before you can Swype them. I cannot highly stress how helpful this feature is especially on phones with a small display.

Camera

Camera and video feature is pretty basic and image results are pretty consistent for a 2 megapixel camera. Basically, you don’t want to use it too much if you aim to impress your friends with beautiful photos.

Here are some sample shots:

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It’s not that great but good enough for Facebook photos which you can easily upload once you add your Facebook account on the phone.

Battery life

Android smartphones are not known for their long battery life. Usually, on high-end phones the battery lasts for only 1 to 2 days on normal usage. On the Galaxy 5, I was able to use it for 4 days with WiFi on before having to charge it. It can probably last for 3 days if you have Data and Push always on.

Conclusion

Despite its plasticky-cheap feel and small screen, I still recommend the Samsung Galaxy 5 especially for those starting with Android. With its price, you don’t have to spend much just in case Android phones just won’t work with you.

Samsung Galaxy 5

I will leave you to discover the joy of having your Google accounts and social network sites integrated on the phone so you can easily sync calendar, mail and photos under the Google umbrella. With the Galaxy 5, you won’t have any problem doing all of these.

An Android under Php11k, I would choose the Galaxy 5 over other phones in the same price range like the Sony Ericsson X8 and the CM Nova. That Swype thing is something that I really enjoy using on a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy 5 (i5503) Specs:

  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
  • 2.8” QVGA TFT capacitive LCD (240 x 320)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
  • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 2MP FF w/o LED Flash
  • 170MB internal memory with support for, microSD (1GB included, up to 16GB)
  • A-GPS
  • 1200maH Li-On battery
  • SRP: Php10,980

147 Comments

  1. i am planning to buy this phone but would like to know first if the music player will exit if u access create message? im having this kind of problem using an LG phone. thanks. i would really appreciate your response.

  2. hi.. glad to see this blog. I just bought my samsung galaxy 5 i5503 last January. I bought it for 9.5k.. But as I stroll the mall last week, the price is now around 8.5k to 8.9k.

    I really love this phone right now and so far I’m still enjoying its features.. :)

  3. Ruel Gomez /

    HI! does this unit has a video player? i can’t play my video files, i can’t find the right video player to download. thanks.

    • yes it has pero yung mga low resolution videos lang. ano ba tinatry mong iplay? try getting the summer player to play avi files pero it won’t be fun. hindi kaya ng processor yung mga typical avis mo.

  4. I recently bought Samsung galaxy 5. I am having problems with the text messages. How do I delete individual text messages? It seems that I can only delete all the messages in a thread. Is there a way to delete only particular text messages?

  5. JiaoTakamkemari /

    Can we configured it to become a wifi hotspot? I was planning to share its internet connection with my laptop so I don’t have to bring along a broadband stick. This phone has no tethering capability that can share its internet connection using wifi. Maybe there are some options out there for this phone?

  6. AngeL /

    i am having problems regarding the battery status. As soon as i unplugged it from the charger indicating a 100% charged battery, the battery status appear to decrease down to 98% instantly. Other than that, when charging the battery from about 4% remaining, after 5 minutes of charging it, it already reached 72%. i’ve already changed my battery from where i bought it but still with the same problem .. help please . . :(

  7. bandit /

    Will this phone work in the US? Am planning to use it as a back up phone when travelling.

  8. teach /

    does it have dictionary and lock code like the nokia phones?

  9. hey! im still trying to look for this phone but it seems like i can only find is galaxy mini, mas kailangan ko kasi ng long battery. some samsung shops wala na ako makita. thanks!

    • luma na kasi. get the mini na lang eto yung pumalit eh.

      • bt 2ng saken lage narerestart kpag ndi mo gnagamit ambilis p malobat 1day lng pg nkastandby restart cya ng restart tpos umiunit help me nmn.

  10. ching /

    hi, can you teach me how to download e-book on my i5503?

  11. Kamille /

    Hi! How can I use print screen on this phone?

  12. my dad brought me this samsung galaxy5 fone. but when im on a wifi zone why is it that i cannot access my facebook account? on the other side can i use it’s applications without any wifi access? just like youtube, facebook and google?

  13. how can i transfer my apps from phone to sd card coz im having a problem with the phone memory of my i5503 it is almost full, i cant install more games and apps…

  14. kierwyn /

    what is now the price of this phone?

  15. kierwyn /

    what is now the price of this phone???

    • sir/ mam i have one like this unit,my wife use it only for 2 months.and we are selling it for only 7,500 NEGOTIABLE PA PO….. TXT OR CALL 09229289869

  16. how much is the samsung i5503 in the market?..is it the same with i5500?..which is much better?..

  17. ashley /

    may problem po ako sa wifi, mahina yung sagap nya.. Sa galaxy 5 ko ba yung problem oh yung mismong wifi?? Mas malakas pa kasi sagap ng Corby kesa sa phone ko. Please reply. Thank you!

  18. yncaw /

    I saw this phone on abenson website and the price is just P3,950. WTF??

    here’s the ad: http://abenson.com.ph/shop/products.asp?product=2141&categ=137

    • Mikaela /

      IKR!! i was shocked and kinda felt bad to see na ang baba nalang ng value niya. anyway, that was 2 years ago na rin when i bought mine pero nakakalula lang isipin na ang bilis ng magadvance ng tech ng android phones specially with new brands pushing their way to the market.

      I love my phone. I just wish i could some more internal memory. Rooting could be a solution but MX said it isan’t advisable. Just gotta pick my apps wisely then.

  19. kimi /

    hi.. my mom bought this for.me on 2nd hand.. i have this since july2012.. and is still in good condition. however sometimes when my fone have this, i so called it tantrums, it suddenly resets.. and sometimes will be empty batt even though i just finished it charging.. and one thing.. i dont have samsung charger for this. i use different brand of chargers but doesnt affect its battery life.. i think the reason why the batt of this doesnt last for a day cause my intrnet is on 24/7 and i use diff apps..
    just sharing my experience wth this wonderful phone.. nd im still loving it. ^_^

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